The Sino-Soviet Split: Cold War in the Communist World

The Sino-Soviet Split: Cold War in the Communist World

by Lorenz M. Luthi
Pub. Date:
Princeton University Press
Select a Purchase Option (New Edition)
  • purchase options
    $39.19 $46.00 Save 15% Current price is $39.19, Original price is $46. You Save 15%.
  • purchase options
    $25.26 $46.00 Save 45% Current price is $25.26, Original price is $46. You Save 45%.
    Note: Access code and/or supplemental material are not guaranteed to be included with textbook rental or used textbook.
  • purchase options


The Sino-Soviet Split: Cold War in the Communist World

A decade after the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China established their formidable alliance in 1950, escalating public disagreements between them broke the international communist movement apart. In The Sino-Soviet Split, Lorenz Lüthi tells the story of this rupture, which became one of the defining events of the Cold War. Identifying the primary role of disputes over Marxist-Leninist ideology, Lüthi traces their devastating impact in sowing conflict between the two nations in the areas of economic development, party relations, and foreign policy. The source of this estrangement was Mao Zedong's ideological radicalization at a time when Soviet leaders, mainly Nikita Khrushchev, became committed to more pragmatic domestic and foreign policies.

Using a wide array of archival and documentary sources from three continents, Lüthi presents a richly detailed account of Sino-Soviet political relations in the 1950s and 1960s. He explores how Sino-Soviet relations were linked to Chinese domestic politics and to Mao's struggles with internal political rivals. Furthermore, Lüthi argues, the Sino-Soviet split had far-reaching consequences for the socialist camp and its connections to the nonaligned movement, the global Cold War, and the Vietnam War.

The Sino-Soviet Split provides a meticulous and cogent analysis of a major political fallout between two global powers, opening new areas of research for anyone interested in the history of international relations in the socialist world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691135908
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 02/11/2008
Series: Princeton Studies in International History and Politics Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,301,771
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Maps viii

Acknowledgments xi

Abbreviations and Terms xiii

Transliteration and Diacritical Marks xix

Introduction 1

Chapter One: Historical Background, 1921-1955 19

Chapter Two: The Collapse of Socialist Unity, 1956-1957 46

Chapter Three: Mao's Challenges, 1958 80

Chapter Four: Visible Cracks, 1959 114

Chapter Five: World Revolution and the Collapse of Economic Relations, 1960 157

Chapter Six: Ambiguous Truce, 1961-1962 194

Chapter Seven: Mao Resurgent, 1962-1963 219

Chapter Eight: The American Factor, 1962-1963 246

Chapter Nine: Khrushchev's Fall and the Collapse of Party Relations, 1963-1966 273

Chapter Ten: Vietnam and the Collapse of the Military Alliance, 1964-1966 302

Conclusion 340

Essay on the Sources 353

Index 361

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews